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Ersan Ilyasova | Forward | #7

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (6) / MLW
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Thunder GM Sam Presti said that he won't decline Ersan Ilyasova's option for the 2016-17 season.
"No, we traded for him because we think he's a good, complementary player to our core players," Presti said. "Like I said for a lot of these guys, he has a toughness that we really like. As you mentioned, I think we have a lot of flexibility and different things we can look at as a result of what it is that we're able to do. But we like the player, and we like how he fits with our group." Depending on what the Thunder do in free agency, Ilyasova is probably only going to see minutes in the teens in OKC. Jun 25 - 10:57 AM
Source: Oklahoman

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The Thunder will pick up Ersan Ilyasova's option for the 2016-17 season.

This means he will be on the books for $8.4 million, but he will hit free agency next summer. Ilyasova should have a role off the Thunder bench with Serge Ibaka now in Orlando, but he will likely be a 3-point specialist at best in fantasy leagues next season.
Jun 24 - 12:08 PM

Ersan Ilyasova was traded to the Thunder along with Victor Oladipo as part of Thursday's deal sending Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

OKC has Mitch McGary, Enes Kanter and Nick Collison to support center Steven Adams, so Ilyasova will be battling for minutes during training camp. He's little more than a 3-point specialist at this stage of his career.
Jun 23 - 9:13 PM

Ersan Ilyasova cooled off on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-8 shots to finish with seven points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Ilyasova pitched in 22 points with a full line vs. the Bucks on Monday, but that was a random outburst in an otherwise sedated season for the veteran. Aaron Gordon's return from a concussion tonight didn't help matters tonight, and it'll be interesting to see whether the Magic waive Ilyasova this summer -- his $8.4 million salary is only guaranteed for $400k.
Apr 13 - 11:13 PM

Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points in a 107-98 win over the Bucks on Monday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

Andrew Nicholson was terrible in his 11 scoreless minutes, so Ilyasova got some heavy run. Aaron Gordon (concussion) was at the arena, but most signs point to him missing Wednesday night. Ilyasova did not score on Sunday, so his inconsistency is almost his calling card.
Apr 11 - 9:43 PM

Ersan Ilyasova made a fill-in start at PF on Sunday, but he went scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting with just two rebounds and two turnovers in 17 minutes.

Aaron Gordon (concussion) was out of commission so Ilyasova got the nod ahead of Andrew Nicholson, but neither guy fared well. There's a reason Ersan fell out of Scott Skiles' rotation and he's a dubious asset even if Gordon misses more games.
Apr 10 - 8:30 PM

Ersan Ilyasova will start at PF on Sunday with Aaron Gordon (concussion) unavailable.

Ilyasova had fallen out of the rotation but Gordon's injury thrust him back into the starting five. He's averaging just 7.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per game for Scott Skiles, however, so owners should deploy him with caution, if it all.
Apr 10 - 4:44 PM

Ersan Ilyasova scored four points with six rebounds and one foul in 24 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

The Magic went small for the other 24 minutes in this game. Ilyasova probably won't be busy enough to use in most leagues. He's only a desperation stream in most cases.
Apr 8 - 10:41 PM

Ersan Ilyasova is getting the start against the Heat on Friday.

Aaron Gordon (concussion) is out and he could miss the rest of the season. Andrew Nicholson should still get some heavy run off the bench as these two likely split the power forward minutes down the middle. Nicholson has the higher upside for this game with a high usage rate in the second unit.
Apr 8 - 5:17 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (sprained shoulder) didn't leave Orlando's bench on Sunday.

Ilyasova was cleared to play on Thursday but he's simply not part of Scott Skiles' rotation right now, as Andrew Nicholson has emerged as a preferred backup PF. His $8.4 million salary for next season is only guaranteed for $400k, and at this point it would be shocking if Orlando didn't save $8 million by waiving him this summer.
Apr 3 - 8:52 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder sprain) was a healthy scratch on Thursday vs. the Pacers.

With Andrew Nicholson playing well off the bench and the Magic out of the playoff race, Ilyasova's role is going to be very limited down the stretch. Leave him on the wire.
Apr 1 - 11:07 AM

Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder sprain) is available for Thursday's game vs. the Pacers.

He wasn't playing many minutes before he went down with the injury, and that likely won't change with the Magic out of playoff contention. This could be bad news for Andrew Nicholson, so most owners will want to avoid this situation while Aaron Gordon is healthy.
Mar 31 - 11:58 AM

Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder sprain) will not play against the Nets on Tuesday.

Ilyasova is still dealing with a shoulder sprain and has been declared out for Tuesday's game against the Nets. Ilyasova isn't seeing enough minutes to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues and can safely be left on waivers at this point.
Mar 29 - 11:12 AM

Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder sprain) did not practice on Monday, and he is unlikely to play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

Even with Aaron Gordon's recent inconsistency, Ghostface Ilya isn't—and hasn't been—worth a roster spot in your fantasy league. In addition to Gordon, Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson should see some extra run without Ilyasova in the lineup.

Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday.

This shouldn't affect Aaron Gordon's playing time in this game even though he has a nice matchup. Andrew Nicholson will serve as the backup power forward and could get run if coach Scott Skiles keeps Gordon on a short leash.
Mar 26 - 5:21 PM

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